Constellation Cauliflower Soup

January 24, 2018
3 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

The soup can essentially be boiled down (haha, get it?) to just 3 ingredients: cauliflower, onion, and broth. Aside from that, you'll just need olive oil, salt + pepper. It will be absolutely delicious as is, but if you'd like, you can get more creative and throw in an endless variety of things. You can add garlic for oomph, and sherry vinegar for acid. You can add coconut milk and curry for Southeast Asian spin on the original. You can add Parmesan cheese and truffle oil for a cheesy, Italian feast. Have a little fun!

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What You'll Need
  • 1 head of organic cauliflower, stem removed and cut into florets
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, cut into chunks
  • 5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sour cream, chili flakes, flaky salt, za’atar, pesto, what have you—for garnish
  1. In a large pot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and turn the heat to medium-high. Add cauliflower florets and brown for about 5 minutes. Let the cauliflower get just a bit of color. Remove, set aside on a plate.
  2. Add onion (and additional oil, as necessary) and sweat for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Add the cauliflower back in. Season with salt, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, all the broth, and cover. Let it come to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low. Cook the soup for 30-45 minutes.
  3. You want the cauliflower to come apart if you poke it. Add fresh-cracked pepper, then blend (I use a Vitamix). Taste for seasoning, and add salt if need be. Pour soup into bowls and garnish with desired toppings (I do sour cream, flaky salt, and chili flakes).

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12 Reviews

SmallLion January 23, 2020
Awesome soup. We took your advice and served it with a range of options for toppings (parsely, cracked black pepper, Trader Joe's "everything bagel" seasoning, olive oil, sour cream, sugared nuts, reserved cauliflower. Came out great. Even our two year old was into it.
I think my favorite preparation was with olive oil and cracked black pepper.
Nancy March 13, 2018
Loved this soup, easy. Added balsamic vinegar and chiles flakes.
Jane K. March 14, 2018
thanks so much Nancy :)
AntoniaJames February 15, 2018
This soup is good, but only with the sour cream added. Otherwise, it's quite flat. I have a Braun hand blender (5 series), which worked perfectly to get this to the right consistency. ;o)
Jane K. March 14, 2018
I enjoy it with sour cream as well!
Linda D. February 13, 2018
Thank you so much, Jane, for this fabulous, simple soup! Now every time I spy a beautiful cauliflower, I can turn it into a delicious dinner.
Jane K. March 14, 2018
my pleasure!
Robin February 11, 2018
Clover88 February 1, 2018
Just found three cauliflowers in my farm box delivery today, so your timing is fantastic!
Courtney C. January 30, 2018
Was delicious - perfect for a cold night. Thanks!
Jane K. January 30, 2018
so glad you enjoyed!
FrugalCat January 30, 2018
I used an immersion blender and it came out velvety smooth.